Conference report – The role of the European Union in the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in conflict and crises

08-01-2021
Conference report – The role of the European Union in the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in conflict and crises
Conference report – The role of the European Union in the protection and…

The international online conference on “The role of the European Union on the Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage in conflict and crises”, held on 12 and 13 November 2020 and organised by the European External Action Service (EEAS), focused on the role of European Union institutions and its Member States with regards to cultural heritage protection.

The discussions were about the role of the EU as a credible and neutral actor in the field of cultural heritage protection, and a global advocate for the importance of cultural heritage for peacebuilding and development.

The ongoing preparation of an EU concept on the protection of cultural heritage in conflict and crisis was seen to add huge benefits to the EU external relations’ toolbox, especially in relation to peace processes and security strategies. This concept, developed in the framework of the EU’s integrated approach to conflict and crises, was seen as a tool that could underpin the EU's support to partner countries in their stabilisation efforts.